DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — David Ragan announced last year that the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season would be his last full time season in the sport. He didn’t know it then, but he would get a Daytona 500 ride this February.
Front Row Motorsports had a third charter still and teamed with Rick Ware Racing to put it ion track. Ragan, was tabbed as the driver for Daytona for obvious reasons. He’s won twice in his NASCAR career, both on superspeedway’s.
So, Ragan came back and came from 30th to bring his No. 36 Ford home inside the top five in fourth.
Despite that, the Georgia native says it was an ugly run to the front at the end.
“That was the ugliest fourth-place finish I have ever had,” Ragan said. “I wasn’t disciplined enough in my strategy there with about 15 to go. I felt like things were getting a little hairy and we were 16th or 18th and that is no man’s land here at Daytona. I keyed the radio up going down the back straightaway and said I was going to back off a little. That is when they wrecked. I was pretty mad at myself for not seeing that earlier and getting that damage. Our Front Row Motorsports team with Rick Ware did a good job getting it fixed up. Those last few laps were exciting.”